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Current Status

From April 2011 to March 2014, NHSScotland smoking cessation services reported 70,162 successful quit attempts (at one month post quit) in the 40% most-deprived within-Board SIMD areas.

HEAT Target

NHSScotland to deliver universal smoking cessation services to achieve at least 80,000 successful quits (at one month post quit) including 48,000 in the 40% most-deprived within-Board SIMD areas over the three years ending March 2014.

H: Smoking Cessation

Why is this HEAT target important?

This target sets out the key contribution of NHSScotland to reduce the prevalence of smoking. Smoking has long been recognised as the biggest single cause of preventable ill-health and premature death. It is a key factor in health inequalities and is estimated to be linked to some 13,500 deaths and many more hospital admissions each year. The annual cost to NHSScotland of treating smoking related diseases is estimated to be more than £409 million.

Although substantial achievements have been made in reducing the smoking rate in Scotland, smoking remains a major influence on Scotland's health. The prevalence gap between the most and least deprived is large, with the most deprived also suffering more smoking related ill health.

The Scottish Government remains committed to driving down smoking levels further. The emphasis is on stopping people from smoking by delivering effective cessation support and preventing smoking uptake. NHS Boards will continue to deliver a universal smoking cessation service, and there is an emphasis on helping people in deprived areas and pregnant mothers to stop smoking. All pregnant women will have smoking status recorded on attendance at antenatal clinic and will be offered smoking cessation support.

How are we performing?

Target due for delivery in 2013/14

The target is to deliver at least 80,000 successful quits (at one month post quit) including 48,000 in the 40% most-deprived within-Board SIMD areas over the three years ending March 2014.

From April 2011 to March 2014, NHSScotland smoking cessations services reported 124,734 sucessful quit attempts (at one month post quit) including 70,162 in the 40% most-deprived within-Board SIMD areas.

The table below shows the number of successful quit attempts in the 40% most-deprived within-Board SIMD areas by NHS Board, April 2011 - March 2014.

NHS Board Apr 2011-Mar 2014 Target 2011/14
NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN 5,272 3,544
NHS BORDERS 1,231 838
NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 1,655 1,373
NHS FIFE 4,391 3,550
NHS FORTH VALLEY 3,516 3,002
NHS GRAMPIAN 7,845 4,648
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE 19,566 12,182
NHS HIGHLAND 3,049 2,358
NHS LANARKSHIRE 9,117 5,929
NHS LOTHIAN 9,345 7,011
NHS ORKNEY 65 105
NHS SHETLAND 130 104
NHS TAYSIDE 4,789 3,628
NHS WESTERN ISLES 191 175
NHSSCOTLAND 70,162 48,000

 

Further Information

Scotland's Future is Smoke-Free - Smoking Prevention Action Plan

A Breath of Fresh Air for Scotland - Tobacco Control Action Plan

Smoking prevalence statistics (Chapter 9 of Scottish Household Survey 2013)

NHS Smoking Cessation Services Statistics April 2011 - March 2014 

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